Glenn Bracke was born into a family of silk-screen printers on March 25th 1970.
In the years that followed, Glenn developed a keen interest in silk-screen printing. As a result of this he soon followed directly in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, taking his family heritage to a third generation.
Born and raised in a Belgian city named Aalst, famous for its history in printing by virtue of the 15th century printer and editor Dirk Martens. Glenn over time developed his personal printing style and techniques.
Throughout the seventies, silk-screen printing and design became extremely popular among artists, Andy Warhol being one on the leading components at that time. During this period Glenn was inspired to study silk-scree- ning and photography. After completing his national service, Glenn, at the age of twenty, opened his first silk- screen printing company, called Glenn Tex which specialised in full colour T-shirt design and print.
As his passion for printing and art grew, so did his interest in photography. Developing this by creating powerful studies of performance artists and personalities such as Bryan Ferry, Randy Jones, Shaggy, Eros Ramazotti, Grace Jones and Nile Rodgers. Glenn began experimenting with diverse techniques all related to photographic life studies.
This hugely creative and experimental period in Glenn’s life inspired him to create a number of unique art col- lections. Some of which were exhibited in 2014 at the Art Style Gallery in Knokke, a city on the Belgian coast, well known for its many prestigious art galleries. Later that same year, Glenn presented his art work in Cannes, during the world famous Film Festival. The centrepiece of this show was truly stunning and imaginative screen icon ‘Grace’. Its unveiling on the official opening of the festival and premiere of the film Grace - Nicole Kidman playing the lead - took place on the red carpet in the presence of the worlds press.
Also during the festival, another work - ‘Shopping in Paris’ - was exhibited at the Niki Beach Club and his ‘Studio 54’ piece was presented at the exhibition of Chambre Noire.
In the summer of 2014, Glenn participated in a contest for young artists through the national television’s culture website - Cobra. ‘Shopping in Paris’ was nominated out of 700 candidates and was amongst ten winning art- works exhibited at the M Museum in Leuven.
Later that year, Glenn embarked on his most ambitious and challenging project to date. Entitled - ‘Bones’ - this project took him more than a year to complete and was presented for the first time at the end of August 2015, by invitation of the Amsterdam International Art Fair. The complete installation was exhibited in the main square adjoining the Fair itself. For the duration of the public show, thousands of art enthusiasts were able to visit Glen- n’s stunning art installation. Both visually challenging and thought provoking, this work of art comes with a very strong message - Stop Polluting Our Oceans. It is Glenn’s intention that ‘Bones’ be toured around the world to raise awareness of this important environmental issue.
Glenn’s inspiration comes from personal observations and life experiences, his next major piece derives from modern day society - ‘Face...Book’. This is made in bronze and features a life size face and book supported by the artists own hand, also in bronze. Completed in early 2016 this unique piece was shown for this first time in April that year, at the Imagination Art Show in Brussels. The show itself ran for ten days and included more than forty examples of Glenn’s work. The project was a collaboration between art and music and featured live performances by Leee John from Imagination and Plastic Bertrand. The Imagination Art Show was Glenn’s first major showing of his work and was very well received. In response to numerous requests to repeat this, Glenn agreed to tour the Imagination Art Show. Holland was the first stop and in early June 2016 the Imagination Art Show was the central feature of the ARTR.I.P Expo located in the beautiful countryside area of Bergen. In 2017 Glenn’s work was featured during the Cannes Film Festival at the same time and in support of the World Peace Night - ‘Adventure of Humanity’. Glenn worked with Richard Nilsson and his organisation to create a wall of peace. This is first to be installed at the Oxygen Villa Cannes. The project based on the creation of bronze hands. In attendance for the launch and to participate in the creation of first hands of peace, were Jampa Phur- ba Dorjee Lama and Jermaine Jackson.
Glenn is exciting the art world with his creative, revolutionary art offerings. However his perceptions of life embrace all human senses. In late 2016, Glenn had a revelation which lead him to Bertrand Duchafour. This meeting of minds became a collaboration like no other. Over more than a year after their first meeting and after much hard work, “The Scent of Art” perfume was delivered to the world. A fusion of all senses and emotions, Glenn’s fragrance is unique, powerful and exciting!
Constantly pushing the boundaries and exploring creative ideas, Glenn is currently working on a number of exciting new works. He believes strongly that “Art can change your world” and his work is a testament to this.
Many of Glenn’s collections and works have been exhibited internationally in recent times. Throughout 2018 and beyond Glenn intends to positively contribute to society and his environment.